Canadian Headstones (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery Records
Collection years 1790-2013
Languages English
Title in the Language Canadian Headstones
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Canadian Headstones Official Website

What is in the Collection?

The records include a name index of headstone inscriptions, courtesy of, which is a family history database of records and images from Canada's cemeteries. Take a look at their website for more information about how their Canada headstone project works.

Cemetery Records may contain the following information:

  • First and Last Name of the Deceased
  • Birth Date of the Deceased
  • Death Date of the Deceased
  • First and Last Name of Spouse
  • Birth Date of the Spouse
  • Death Date of the Spouse

How do I Search the Collection?

To search this collection by name:

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

What Do I Do Next?

What does this record tell me?

  • Cemetery records should give you the name and place of the cemetery where the ancestor was buried. This is very important, as it can lead you to other useful record types. Pay special attention to where he or she was buried. Take note if he or she was buried in a church cemetery vs. a city cemetery.
  • This database does not cover every cemetery in Canada. If you can't find what you're looking for here, you may need to try a cemetery that isn't covered by this database.

Did you find the person you were looking for?

  • Take note of where the ancestor was buried. You will need to know the province and town as it will be key to finding other records that correspond with your ancestor.
  • If your ancestor died in a time and place where death records were kept, search for your ancestor record of death, like can be done with Prince Edward Island Death Cards.
  • If your ancestor was buried in a churchyard cemetery, take note of the church denomination. It is possible that there could be a corresponding burial record that goes with the headstone. For example, if your ancestor was from Manitoba and was buried in the church cemetery, he or she may also be found in Manitoba Church Records.
  • Take special note of the date on the gravestone. If you know the place and the date, you may be able to search for probate records, like can be done here in the Saskatchewan Probate Files.

What if I can't find who I'm looking for?

  • Often times, the inscription on a gravestone does not stand the test of time. The etchings may have become illegible by weather. This is especially the case with older gravestones. This means that your ancestor may have had a gravestone at one time, and it was unable to be recorded due to illegibility.
  • Try a different cemetery website that covers other parts of Canada. One example is Find A Grave or Billion Graves.
  • Consider that your ancestor may have migrated to a different country. It may be useful to try searching cemetery records of neighboring US states.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“Canadian Headstones, 1790-2013.” Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. From multiple collections. Index.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Canadian Headstones.

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